Gegorgia O'Keeffe was a famous American painter, who was able to hold her own, and avoid the many changing artistic forms during her career, while still having an illustrious career. She did not go through many changes in art forms like other artists; in fact, she painted the landscapes, flowers, and animal bones which were found around her studio, and her work was highly praised. New Mexico and New York, along with Lake Georgia, were the most popular design scenes, as these were the locations she resided during her career. During her career, she remained true to the distinct style she had picked up, which closely resembled European abstract, and American pictorialism forms.
The first portion of her career, which did evolve into her later works as well, focuses on finding the essential and the abstract form, in all of the works that she would paint and create. Doing this, Gegorgia O'Keeffe was able to create the most intricate detail, color shadows, lighting, and distinct nuances, in every art form that she developed on a canvas. The subjects she created, which mainly included landscapes, bones, and flowers, were developed in a series; and, upon these, she developed further series of the same subjects.
In these images, she would develop each image she was creating, in a patter of three to four pictures, which she produced over the course of the year. And, with many of her more detailed works, she would take years to do the series of work, in order to show the development, changes, and the distinct styles which she developed, with the same exact object which she was drawing. Certain works of hers went on for decades, and produced 12 or more variations, of the same image she had created in earlier pieces of art.
After a short period of experimentation with different techniques, and new mediums in art, Gegorgia O'Keeffe had her own developed art form, which distinguished her maturity and eloquence in the works which she created. As time progressed, in the 1930s, she added in different colors, forms, and distinct themes which she had experienced. Most of the works that were created during this time, were reflective of the visits that she had in New Mexico, and the many scenes that she had seen, during the extensive and expansive visits, with nature, landscapes, and any other figures she chose to include in her art.
Much of her later work, which was completed in the 1950s through 1970s, was developed and expanded on the creations that she had designed in the 1940s. She would work on similar series, and expanded on many of her older pieces of art during this time period, rather than creating new images and designs to add to the series of work she created.
O'Keeffe's paintings subjects caught the attention of collectors and critics who responded with alacrity. Their discussion of the O'Keeffe's works were often colored by the popularized tenets of Sigmund Freud, which by the 1920s were widespread in America. In a cultural atmosphere initially titillated and gradually transformed by his theories, art and its critical reception - like many other aspects of modern life - where invariably, and indelibly colored by Freudian consideration. Many claim that the images which Gegorgia O'Keeffe created when painting flowers, was work which was highly sexual, and many went as far as to say it was an erotic art form; this is somewhat the case. She was not afraid to experiment with the patterns, sizes, design, and the intricacy to detail, which often took on the resemblance of the female form in many of her works. She took the discretion to make small parts large and vice-versa, she changed the color balances, and created disharmony, which would force those who looked at these pieces of art, to see the images as something else. In her work, she also stretched the visual edges, to design features which had metaphysical implications in many of her pieces. Symbolism was something that she did not shy away from, and this showed in much of the work she did of this nature, and with many of the designs which she included flowers and landscape features.
Due to the fact that Gegorgia O'Keeffe created her work in a series, and with many of her pieces a series within a series, she had developed thousands of pieces by her career's end. This not only included the traditional art work which she created on the canvas, but also expanded to water color designs which she had created, and a few sculptures which had been documented from her career as well. All of these pieces of art were taken from her own life, and the places she had visited of lived. Many of her pieces convey a sense of subjective impressions of the images which she created, even though she depicted it in a straightforward manner when putting the work down on paper. Many of these subjective undertones in her work seem to have occurred during an important time in her life, or when she was going through something, it would change the aspect, and the design style which was used, with certain images she was working on.
Gegorgia O'Keeffe lived an extensive life; and, although she lived to the age of 98, she made very few public appearances in her life. She made only a few public statements about the work she had created during the course of her career, and only published a limited number of articles for the works she had created. Later on in her career, she did collaborate in publishing two books; although most of the work that she did was the art, in these two books, there was the distinct addition that she added in her own commentary, which detailed the works she created, and did discuss the artistic approach which she took to creating the images that were depicted in the books.
I feel there is something unexplored about woman that only a woman can explore. "
- Georgia O'Keeffe
Gegorgia O'Keeffe is one of the most well known American painters. Not only did she avoid changing to conform to the new art styles, she created a series of impressive work pieces during her expansive career. She is also one of the most celebrated, since we were able to see so much work. With the expansive collection she created, she published quite a bit of work over her career, most of which was celebrated for its intricate detail and attention in the design.